Great science reads of the week – Oct 20 2012

1. Although not a read, the video from the chest cam of Felix Baumgartner is riveting. My mind is officially blown at the idea that a man without a vehicle can travel faster than the speed of sound.

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s out-of-control spin by BBC News

2. If you want to think about another side of the Baumgartner jump, try this story about RedBull’s sponsorship of Baumgartner’s jump.

RedBull’s Stratos stunt by Amy Shira Teitel

3. If you’re a dog lover like me, you’ll want to read this piece about symptoms of trauma in dogs after the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

Fukushima dogs had symptoms comparable to post-traumatic stress disorder by Khalil A. Cassimally

4. And continuing on the animal theme, who doesn’t love dolphins? Read this synopsis of how they sleep with only half their brain at a time so that they can remain alert.

Dolphins pull endless all-nighters by resting half of brain at once by Elizabeth Preston

5. To finish off for all the science writing geeks, here’s a discussion of the things that readers would like to see changed in the reporting of science news.

5 changes consumers want to see in their science news by Emily Willingham

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